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Leopards eliminate Panthers in sweep

November 09, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards are determined to make a march through the Maryland Class 1A West bracket, and it showed Monday when they swept the Hancock Panthers 25-11, 25-14, 25-18 in a quarterfinal match.

"We are a totally different team than what walked in here on Aug. 15," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said. "We have worked hard to improve in all phases of the game. We put a lot of heart and determination into it. Our girls give it all that they have and that is all we can ask."

Smithsburg will travel to Southern Garrett in the semis Wednesday night at 7.

Mandie Conway had 11 service points and seven kills, while Kayla Martin had 22 assists and nine service points for Smithsburg (10-5). Jessica Whitt and Molly Powell also added nine service points each for the Leopards.

Powell served eight consecutive points in the first game as Smithsburg built a 16-6 lead. Later, Martin served four straight points to make it 21-8.

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Conway put together a string of five points during the second game to help the Leopards take a 9-3 lead. Conway later served the final four points, including a game-ending ace.

Hancock (3-10) took a 16-12 advantage in the third game behind four straight service points by Katie Golden. Smithsburg cut the lead down to 18-17, before Whitt came through with eight straight points to seal the match for the Leopards.

Amber Moats had four kills and Brittney Jenkins added three kills for Hancock. Jenna Demory had six assists and Jessica Kerns added four assists.

"Smithsburg does well with passing," Hancock coach Debbie Bowman said. "It seems like that everything that they do is bump, set, spike. ... Even though we did not have a good record, we still had a good bunch of girls on the team this year."

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